Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nikos Thomacos and Ms Suzanne Wakefield


In this unit, students begin to shift their view beyond the occupational challenges facing individuals, to consider the ways in which the occupations, health and wellbeing of communities/populations may be impacted by social, political and organisational factors. Students apply the principles of individual occupational challenges to case based scenarios in which advanced clinical reasoning and intervention skills are required for people experiencing complex health and social problems. The cases chosen highlight the multiple approaches to occupational intervention, both individual/clinical and community/prevention.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and apply the principles of working with communities and populations (e.g. consumer rights, advocacy, engagement);
  2. Describe and evaluate the influence of environmental factors, where environment includes: government policy, agencies, services and associated funding systems available, to prevent ill health and promote health and wellbeing in whole communities;
  3. Using an occupational perspective to facilitate health and well-being at a population level;
  4. Discuss and critique the role of occupational therapists in population health delivery;
  5. Demonstrate critical skills that contribute to critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills in learning;
  6. Critique and apply resources to inform understanding about population health and occupation.


Contemporary policy analysis presentation (20 minutes) (15%)
Critical analysis of contemporary policy essay (3,000 word essay) (30%)
Written and oral examination (2.5 hour) (45%)
Presentation of two learning objectives in class (10 minutes each) (10%)

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